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U.S. Government Resources: Kids

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government


Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids is brought to the World Wide Web as a service of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information.

This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.

New features of Ben's Guide include:
  • An interactive “Place the States” game where users drag and drop the 50 states into their correct place on the U.S. map

  • A new Learning Adventure on “Federal Versus State Government,” available for all three age levels (4-8, 9-13, 14+)

    • An additional feature in the 9-13 and 14+ levels that charts powers of the Federal Government and state governments and powers denied the Federal Government and state governments

Also for Kids features links geared to the learning level and interest of kids in grades K-8. Included are websites for government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.